Factors that affect the cost of a roof

When it comes to home renovations, a new roof is one of the bigger ticket items. How much will this cost you? A number of factors go into that price tag including the kind of metal roof, the roof’s size and style, and the complexity of the job. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

What Kind of Metal Roof?

Steel roofing is a commonly seen and budget friendly option, but you can also get aluminum, copper, or zinc roofs. Copper and Zinc can look striking, especially when unpainted.  However, they are more costly roofing materials. For that reason, they are often saved for accents such as over the entranceway.

Steel and aluminum roofs generally come with coatings which range from inexpensive to high end. Clear coated roofs create a natural look, but the coating tends to wear off over a few years. If not reapplied, your roof could rust. High end roofs have a PVDF finish that can last for a lifetime.

What Style of Roofing?

Metal roofing falls into one of two styles: vertical seams and modular panels. These give a different look and are installed in different ways.

How Big is the Roof?

This one is fairly self-evident: a larger roof requires more metal panels, and therefore is generally more expensive. However, roof complexity (discussed below) is another important factor. A large yet simple roof may cost you less than a smaller one that’s complicated to install.

How Complex is the Roof?

A simple roof style might involve two planes that connect at the top. Complicated roofs may include dormers, steep sections that are difficult to access, bay windows, and more. All of these increase the labor needed for installation, and therefore factor into the roof’s total cost.

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